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Tkay Maidza - 'Ring-a-Ling' Released Today, New Album 'Sweet Justice' Out 3rd November
Tkay Maidza : 'Ring-a-Ling' Released Today, New Album 'Sweet Justice' Out 3rd November
25th July 2023

Tkay Maidza, the first female rapper signed to 4AD, announces details of her highly anticipated new album, Sweet Justice.

Sweet Justice

The follow-up to her 2016 self-titled debut will be released on 3rd November and includes the recent Flume-produced earth-shuddering single ‘Silent Assassin’.  The album also includes collaborations with Lolo Zouaï and Amber Mark on ‘Out of Luck’ and Duckwrth on ‘Gone to the West.’ 

Pre-order Sweet Justice from the 4AD Store here on black LP and CD +
First 300 4AD Store vinyl pre-orders will get a free print signed by Tkay

+ Pre-order from Rough Trade on exclusive orange and yellow splatter vinyl +
Includes free Instrumentals CD

Pre-order from your favourite indie retailer here
Black vinyl indie store pre-orders get a free 'Where Is My Mind' 7" whilst stocks last

Pre-save and pre-add the album on all streaming services here +

Today, Tkay shares a blistering new track, ‘Ring-A-Ling’ and official video directed by Jocelyn Anquetil. 

“I’m never choosing compliance,” a defiant Maidza utters ‘Ring-A-Ling’; a warning from the Zimbabwean-born, Australian-raised, Los Angeles-based rapper, singer and producer and a mantra for Sweet Justice.  Produced by Two Fresh, Tkay says of ‘Ring-A-Ling’, “I wanted to make an empowering song that tells others that my biggest focus are my goals.”  The video made its global broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU, MTV Biggest Pop and across MTV’s global network of channels, as well as on the Paramount Times Square billboards in New York.

+ Stream 'Ring-a-Ling' on all platforms here +

Tkay Maidza

The result of a dark night of the soul—and ensuing epiphany—that led to a series of professional and personal reckonings, Sweet Justice isn’t a revenge album, but it does stem from a profound sense of karma.  In a traditional sense, it’s a breakup record: about Tkay splitting off from her self-doubt and warped sense of self; the toxic figures that populated the last chapter of her life; and the idea that she should stick to any one lane.

After severing ties with old friends, she found some new ones on the same creative wavelength: Canadian producers Stint and Kaytranada, and fellow Australian Flume, all of whom contribute production.  Sweet Justice is an album that embodies the beautiful contradictions of Tkay’s art: it’s a coming-of-age record by someone who’s mastered the game; an album about karmic justice and accountability that’s bright, breezy and incredibly fun.  In Tkay’s mind, it’s a rebirth album, a record about harnessing the feminine power that was innate in her the whole time.

Tkay Maidza says, “Sweet Justice was a way for me to channel my emotions from what I’ve experienced in the last two years.  It’s a diary of things and thoughts I’ve kept to myself.  Making the record was a healing experience and I’m grateful to have worked with producers who have inspired me throughout my career.

Sweet Justice follows the 3-year-long, 24 song-strong genre-bending Last Year Was Weird trilogy exploring Maidza’s own African-Australian experience.  The project earned her a 2021 ARIA Awards win for Best Soul/R&B Release and an NME Award for Best Solo Act from Australia in 2022.  Following on from tours with Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa, Tkay is currently in the southern hemisphere for arena shows with Lizzo and recently played a headline set at Australia’s Splendour in the Grass Festival, with her own headline shows to be announced soon.

Tkay Maidza - Sweet Justice

1. Love and Other Drugs
3. Out of Luck (ft. Lolo Zouaï & Amber Mark)
4. What Ya Know
5. Won One
6. Love Again
8. Ghost!
9. Ring-a-Ling
10. Free Throws
11. Silent Assassin
12. Our Way
13. Gone to the West (ft. Duckwrth)
14. Walking On Air

Tkay has a handful of upcoming international tour dates.  Tickets available here.

26th - Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (w/ Lizzo)

8th - The Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA, US (w/ Flume)

10th - Pitchfork Festival, Paris, France